My daughter has been attending Sunstone for the past four years, and we couldn’t be happier with the school, teachers, and community. She is getting a very well-rounded education, and is able to do work at her own pace, some of which is two to three grade levels more advanced than her actual grade level. Most importantly, she loves her school and is never bored. We highly recommend Sunstone. –Sunstone Parent
Ages 6-12 Years
September – June
8:30am – 3:00pm
Drop-off begins at 8:10am
Extended Care Available 7:30-8:10am and 3:00-5:30pm
Summer Program Available
Maria Montessori observed a change in children around the age of six, and developed the Elementary curriculum specifically for children between the ages of six and twelve years old.
Elementary children use their newly developing powers of reason and imagination to explore not only the world they can experience directly, but further, to explore everything that is too small, too big, too long ago, or too abstract to observe. Elementary children ask big questions such as: “How did it begin? Why? Where is it leading? What is its purpose?”
Inspired by the evocative ‘Great Lessons’ from their Guide, students choose and carry out work independently and cooperatively, learning to balance freedom and responsibility as they track their work, set goals, follow their interests, and engage in explorations both inside and outside the classroom.
The scope of the Elementary classroom is literally the entire universe, and Montessori students regularly find that their interests and work take them far beyond the public school curriculum.
After a brief group gathering at 8:30, the child’s day begins with a three-hour, uninterrupted work period. This morning work period supports the child’s ability to sustain focus for prolonged time periods.
A child can choose to work on one large project like a research project or a huge math problem, or may choose to engage in several smaller projects. After one-hour of lunch and recess, the afternoon is spent on extended work, lesson time and activities such as PE or a second language. Dismissal begins at 3:00pm.
The children are allowed to move freely in and around the environment which is specially designed to meet their needs. They learn to set their own goals, budget their time, choose their workmates, and evaluate their own progress.
Students may pursue topics which interest them through either small group or individual research.
Meanwhile, the trained Montessori guide moves through the environment, assisting the students in their independent projects and giving small group lessons based on observation of each student’s needs and interests.
Inside the Montessori Elementary Program
Nuts and Bolts
Our Elementary Program is a 10 month Montessori program from 8:30am to 3:00pm, five days a week, on an academic calendar year with winter, spring, and summer breaks, as well as in-service days and conference days. Morning drop-off begins at 8:10. Before-school (7:30-8:10am) and after-school care (3:00-5:30pm) are available on a monthly contracted basis. We also offer a Summer Program on a weekly contracted basis.
We have two levels within our Elementary Program:
Lower Elementary, Ages 6-9 years
- We have two mixed age Lower Elementary classrooms serving children ages 6 to 9. Each classroom has approximately 25 thriving children and is staffed by an AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
- Typically a majority of our openings for new children are for 6 year-olds (the equivalent of first graders). There are occasional openings for 7 and/or 8 year-olds (second and third grade) as well.
Upper Elementary, Ages 9-12 years
- We have one mixed age Upper Elementary classroom serving children ages 9 to 12. It has approximately 35 thriving children and is staffed by one AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
- Often our Upper Elementary spaces are filled by Lower Elementary students moving up, but we are able to enroll several new students each year. We give preference to children with prior Montessori education, however this is not required.
See It in Action
The very best way to learn about Sunstone Montessori is to see it in action. We encourage you to visit our beautiful and spacious campus, take a tour, observe briefly in classrooms, learn about Montessori education, our programs, who we are, and what we do. Time is set aside at the end for questions and answers.
We look forward to sharing Sunstone with you!